OMPA holds meeting with Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor

On Monday, August 1, Mayor Charles Lamb from the City of Edmond, and staff from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), met with Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb at the OMPA offices in Edmond. The purpose of this meeting was to continue to educate the Lieutenant Governor on the history of OMPA and the unique role we play with our member cities. Mayor Lamb is also Chairman of OMPA’s Board of Director’s. The Lieutenant Governor, Mayor Lamb and OMPA staff had in depth discussions regarding issues facing OMPA and our Member Cities, as well as our outlook on the future. The Lieutenant Governor was also given a tour of the OMPA headquarters. Those in attendance were: Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb; Charles Lamb, Mayor of Edmond and OMPA Board Chair; David Osburn, OMPA General Manager; Randy Elliott, OMPA General Counsel, Drake Rice, OMPA Director of Member Services and Jennifer Rogers, OMPA Governmental Relations Representative. Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a not-for-profit organization, established in Title 11, the Municipal Code of the Oklahoma statutes. OMPA was created for the purpose of providing an adequate, reliable and affordable supply of electrical power and energy to Oklahoma’s municipally owned electric systems. The Authority presently serves 42 municipally owned electric systems in Oklahoma. As a consumer-owned public power entity, OMPA is owned by the member cities it...

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City of Purcell Receives Electric Operations and Reliability Award

Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) announces that the City of Purcell, and Purcell Electric, the city’s electric department, placed First in the association’s annual Electric Operations and Reliability Competition in Oklahoma.  The utility was recognized in the category for cities under 10,000 population and cited for achieving the highest reported level of service reliability for cities within Oklahoma. The utility was recognized for having the highest Average System Availability Index in 2015 for small cities.  Purcell Electric employees meet the requirements of their work with professionalism and safety due to employer efforts.  These efforts include four years of rigorous field experience and testing for each line worker before he achieves journey lineworker status.  Additionally, they receive continuing education as participants in the MESO Job Training and Safety program. Purcell Electric had the highest reliability level of service recorded by small city public power systems in Oklahoma during 2015 with power being available 99.9964 percent of the time. The department also typically identified, responded to, and corrected a power outage problem in less than one hour on average. By having local ownership of the electric system and crews located within two miles of most customers, customers don’t wait for electric service crews in Purcell. MESO General Manager Tom Rider presented the award to the City of Purcell and Purcell Electric. In presenting the award, Rider said that the trade association valued the continued participation of the various utilities in the region in the annual reliability competition.  “It’s important, we believe, for cities to maintain accurate records to measure their reliability and productivity.   Through ongoing review of operations of cities in the four state region, we find over time which systems have continuous excellence in construction standards and distribution automation.  Purcell Electric not only has taken many steps to maintain reliability but continues to invest in system improvement.” “The current operational standards and employee training standards of this utility are superior.  This training and development of staff and increased funding for reliability resulted in the continued excellent performance of the utility.  Local control means local crews.  That means fast response.  And fast response means less outage time.” MESO is an electric utility trade association representing cities in Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas.  The association’s member...

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Marlow Electric Receives Electric Safety Award from Trade Association

Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) announces that the Marlow Municipal Authority’s (MMA) Electric Department, placed First in the association’s annual Electric Safety Competition in Oklahoma.  The utility was recognized in the category for cities under 10,000 population. MMA Electric is being recognized for its perfect safety record for 2015.  The utility’s personnel went the year without a reportable lost work time incident, either “days away from work,” “restricted light duty,” or “medical treatment” cases. MMA Electric participates in the MESO Job Training and Safety program as one resource for ensuring safe work practices. MESO General Manager Tom Rider presented the award to MMA Electric. “As important as electric system reliability is to citizens, knowing that each and every day, the work is being performed correctly and safely should be a source of pride for MMA Electric customers. The current operational standards and employee training standards of this utility are superior.” Rider said.  “This training and development of staff and increased funding for reliability resulted in the continued excellent performance of the utility.  Local control means local crews.  That means fast response.  And fast response means less outage time.” MESO is an electric utility trade association representing cities in Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas.  The association’s member utilities provide non-profit electric services and electric power generation to some 750,000 people in four states.  MMA purchases its energy from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority. To insure fast response to emergencies, Marlow Municipal Authority is also a signatory to MESO’s Mutual Aid Agreements.  These agreements are recognized by FEMA for use in the event of emergency or natural disaster.  Utilities in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma agree through the program on the conditions under which assistance may be received in an emergency ahead of the event so there are no delays in responding to the needs of a requesting...

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City of Edmond personnel and OMPA meet with State Representative

On Wednesday, April 6, city personnel and elected officials from the City of Edmond, and staff from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), met with Representative Randy Grau over lunch at the OMPA offices in Edmond. The purpose of this lun ch was to continue to educate the Representative on the history of OMPA and the unique role we play with our member cities. The representative, city personnel and OMPA staff had in depth discussions regarding issues facing OMPA and our Member Cities, as well as our outlook on the future. Those in attendance were: Representative Randy Grau, District 81; Charles Lamb, Mayor of Edmond and OMPA Board Chair; Larry Stevens, Edmond City Manager; David Osburn, OMPA General Manager; Randy Elliott, OMPA General Counsel, Drake Rice, OMPA Director of Member Services; Jennifer Rogers, OMPA Governmental Relations Representative and Brant Cale, Capitol Gains. Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a municipal joint-action agency created for the purpose of providing an adequate, reliable and affordable supply of electrical power and energy to Oklahoma’s municipally owned electric systems. The Authority presently serves 42 municipally owned electric systems in Oklahoma. As a consumer-owned public power entity, OMPA is owned by the member cities it serves....

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City personnel and OMPA meet with State Senator and Representative

  On Thursday, October 29, city personnel and elected officials from the City of Kingfisher, Town of Okeene, City of Watonga and staff from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), met with Senator Jech, Representative Sanders over lunch in Kingfisher. The purpose of this lunch was to educate the state legislators on the history of OMPA, as well as introduce our member city personnel and elected officials to the legislators that represent them. City personnel explained the vital role OMPA has with each of their member cities. The legislators, city personnel and OMPA staff had in depth discussions regarding issues facing OMPA and our Member Cities, as well as our outlook on the future. Those in attendance were: Senator Darcy Jech, District 26; Representative Mike Sanders, District 59; Steve Richards, Kingfisher Mayor; Roxie Alexander, Kingfisher Commissioner; Anita James, Kingfisher Treasurer; Bill Tucker, Kingfisher City Clerk; Gerald Haury, Okeene City Manager; Janet Taylor, Watonga Director of Finance; Leroy Lage, Watonga resident; Brant Cale, Capitol Gains; David Osburn, OMPA General Manager; Randy Elliott, OMPA General Counsel and Jennifer Rogers, OMPA Governmental Relations...

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